If reports in Turkey are to be believed, Trabzonspor defender Ondřej Čelůstka could be about to solve half of Sunderland's long-standing full back problems.
It is claimed that Sunderland have entered into negotiations to sign the 24-year old Czech right back after he rejected a move to fellow-Super Lig side Antalyaspor, stating instead his desire to play in England:
Antalyaspor wanted me, but my goal is to play in England. For this reason, i did not accept the offer.
The teams you are talking about as being interested in me (Sunderland and Crystal Palace) are accurate. There could be tangible developments in the coming days.
Though the former Czech Republic Under-21 international is most at home on the right side, he is also comfortable across the whole back four and that versatility will certainly appeal to Sunderland given the dearth of full back options currently available.
Should the interest should prove genuine, then it is unlikely Trabzonspor will stand in the way of a deal. There are strict quotas on foreign players in Turkish football and most are finding themselves in a position where they need to cut back a little. No real suggestion of a likely fee has emerged yet, though.
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